On 22nd January 2019, 35 representatives from 20 Jewish residential care home providers came together at the NEC in Birmingham to discuss the future of Jewish residential elderly care in the UK.
The conference was organised by the JLC Elderly Care Commission, which was established in 2017.
The aim of the JLC’s Elderly Care Conference was to begin to find a way of resolving some of the issues they face so that our community’s elderly care provision is sustainable. This is the first time that such senior representatives from the Jewish elderly care sector have joined together to develop an outline plan for the sustainability of the sector.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, delivered the keynote speech at the conference on defining the future of elderly care provision. He praised the innovation of Jewish residential care providers and encouraged those attending to share their success further.
The conference debated the conclusions of a pro-bono report provided by McKinsey &Co. who had analysed the current state of Jewish elderly care provision and made projections for the next 5 years.
There was an evident sense of openness and collaboration amongst the attendees.
The conference focused on how organisations working with elderly care provision in the Jewish community might join together to take collective action to address the challenges. In particular, there was consensus that the National Association of Jewish Homes would be the appropriate body to take forward the conclusions from the Conference. These included sharing of information and resources, exploring the pooling of costs and collaboration on more efficient ways of delivering services.
Sir Howard Bernstein, Chair of the JLC’s Elderly Care Commission said:
“I was pleased to see representatives from so many communities and care homes come together to discuss the future of elderly care in our community. By working together, we will be able to ensure that our community’s care homes continue to provide good care for our elderly population.”
Simon Johnson, CEO, Jewish Leadership Council said:
“The Elderly Care Conference was an important step in an ongoing process of bringing our care homes together and working collaboratively to provide the innovative solutions necessary for our elderly care provision in the long term. I was hugely impressed by the openness and the willingness to collaborate that the attendees showed.”
Marc Cunningham, CEO of The Fed and Chair of the National Association of Jewish Homes said:
“The Conference provided a mutually supportive and collaborative set of discussions. There was agreement among attendees about the need to strengthen and resource the National Association of Jewish Homes in order to allow us to take today’s conclusions forward and continue this collaborative approach.”